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NB lanes open from I-15, SB still closes after massive fire near Midvale



UPDATE AT 10:40 P.M. MDT: UDOT says that fire is now completely contained. The northbound lanes have reopened, but the southbound lanes remain closed.

UPDATE from 10:10 p.m. MDT: UDOT stated that the fire is mostly contained but not completely. The northbound lanes have reopened, but the southbound lanes are still closed.

UPDATE from 9:40 p.m. MDT: It seems that the flames had greatly decreased and that the fire was under control. The interstate remains closed in both directions.

The UDOT said they expected the fire to be completely extinguished before assessing the damage, but they said it appeared that the damage was limited to the roads to the south, largely the right lane.

Closures are expected to remain in place for several hours, and the resulting fire and damage may affect Friday's trip.

The previous story continues below:

MIDVALE, Utah – Both directions on I-15 are closed at Midvale about 7500 South after a double fuel caught fire and then seemed to explode Thursday night.

The Utah Highway Patrol confirms that no one was injured in the fire, which began when the vehicle's brakes caught fire. Fox 13 News heard the fire report for the first time just before 8 p.m.

From 9 p. M. UHP said that the closure of the highway is "indefinite" and will be maintained until the fire goes out and the area cools, which they said will be a "long process".

The driver managed to stop and get to safety. 19659006] Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol said the front tanker was full of gasoline and that the rear tank was carrying diesel. In total, there was an estimated 9,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

The video captured by a camera from the Utah Department of Transportation showed the flames. UDOT says northbound traffic deviates at 9000 south and southbound traffic deviates to I-215.

The fire and the closure have caused a "considerable congestion" in the surface streets, according to UDOT from 8:30 p.m. UDOT's recommended drivers use alternative routes such as Bangerter and Redwood Road.

The tanker was traveling in the southbound lanes, but both directions are closed when firefighters respond from across the Salt Lake Valley.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details come up. Watch News at Nine to see a live report on this story in development.

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